Media Release Archives - January 2011

Genome of blue stain fungus evolved to bypass tree defense in mountain pine beetle epidemic: UBC research

Jan. 24, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , ,

The genome of the fungus that helps mountain pine beetles infect and kill lodgepole pines has been decoded in a University of British Columbia study.

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UBC gains $2.8 million for research infrastructure

Jan. 21, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia research in nanotechnology, neuroscience, social work, the environment and consumer psychology received a $2.8-million boost today from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

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Fears of Ontario pharmacy shortage after slashed generic drug prices unfounded: UBC research

Jan. 19, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release, News Feed | Tags: , , , , , ,

A University of British Columbia study shows that there are enough pharmacies situated throughout Ontario communities to absorb many closures without negatively affecting geographical accessibility for residents. The research suggests concerns that reducing generic pricing could result in pharmacy shortages are unfounded.

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Deer causing rapid environmental change on B.C.’s and Washington’s Gulf islands: UBC study

Jan. 17, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

Growing deer populations are fundamentally changing the environment of the Gulf Islands off the coast of B.C. and Washington, leaving the region susceptible to invasion by foreign species, says a study by researchers in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC.

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Genes contribute to sockeye salmon mortality in Fraser River: UBC and DFO study

Jan. 13, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , ,

Fraser River sockeye salmon with a certain genomic profile are more likely to die before spawning, contributing to the recent declines in British Columbian salmon, says a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

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UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health researchers find critical link between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s Disease

Jan. 12, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have discovered that the genetic mechanism which destroys brain cells is responsible for early development of Alzheimer’s Disease in people with Down Syndrome and for development of Alzheimer’s Disease in the general population – providing a potential new target for drugs that could forestall dementia in people with either condition.

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UBC researchers part of Planck satellite team that uncovers secrets of the Universe

Jan. 11, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , ,

University of British Columbia researchers are part of European Space Agency’s Planck satellite mission that is revealing thousands of “exotic” astronomical objects, including extremely cold dust clouds, galaxies with powerful nuclei, and giant clusters of galaxies.

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Four UBC professors appointed to the Order of Canada

Jan. 6, 2011 | Filed under: Media Release | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Four professors and three members of the UBC community have been named to the Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours.

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